Travel tips for winter weather driving

Crash Thursday afternoon at 12th and N. Carolina in Mason City
Crash Thursday afternoon at 12th and N. Carolina in Mason City

MASON CITY, Iowa – If you are thinking about driving Thursday, the Iowa Department of Transportation wants you to keep a few things in mind.
First, ask yourself, is this trip necessary?
If possible, delay your drive for a few hours, to give plows time to clear the roads.
Let someone know where you’re going.
Use your vehicle’s safety equipment, like seat belts, headlights, and child safety seats.
Focus on your winter driving skills.
Don’t use cruise control, and allow extra distance between vehicles.
Also, carry an emergency survival kit, and a cell phone.

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